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Join with the Pierce County Library Foundation to provide the gift of camaraderie and rich reading material, audiobooks, movies, and music to seniors living in adult care facilities.
Generous donors to the Pierce County Library Foundation make special programs like Senior Outreach possible. Your gift of:
Donate here and write “Senior Outreach” in the comment box. Thank you for making the joy of lifelong learning a priority.
Pierce County Library has had the honor of providing outreach services to adult care facilities for 40 years. This personalized service brings bestselling books, large print books, audiobooks, movies, music and e-readers, to seniors living in care facilities - many confined to their rooms or without the ability to travel.
Personalized reader advisory services are provided by highly skilled librarians who get to know residents by their first names and are welcomed into their rooms when they are unable to get out of bed.
Many residents rely on librarians to bring them the books they will love to read. Some love "classic mysteries" - the kind of book that doesn't tell you who did it until the end. Some ask for "cozy murders" - think Jessica Fletcher and Cabot Cove (if you are old enough to remember), others request picture books of their homeland.
Thanks to many of you, the Library Foundation is well over halfway to meeting its funding target of $235,000 dedicated to taking care of our youngest and oldest learners. Early Learning and Senior Outreach are both vitally important programs that should not be diminished in any way. Have you made your gift yet?
Lifelong learning is the business of our libraries – from cradle to college, from Gen X to the elderly – the library has resources and services for people of all ages and all backgrounds. Donors like you are helping ensure the stability of Early Learning and Senior Outreach – two programs for two vulnerable populations who are close to our hearts.
The Pierce County Library Foundation is pleased to announce a $75,321 grant award from the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation. This funding will purchase a new Senior Outreach Sprinter Van replacing the aging van currently in use. The funds will be used to purchase the vehicle and customize it with a “Tommy Gate” lift, interior shelving, carts, crates, totes, bins and a new colorful wrap.
The Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation is a private philanthropic organization founded in Tacoma in 2000 by Gary and Carol Milgard and their children. The Milgards felt that the Foundation was a way to give back to the community that helped them become so successful. Their children honor their memory by continuing their charitable work. This is the largest gift from the Foundation to Pierce County Libraries – previously the Foundation supported the Bookmobiles and more recently, the Job and Business Centers.
Pierce County Library has been providing outreach to adult care facilities for 40 years. Skilled librarians bring bestselling books, large print books, audiobooks, movies, music, and eReaders, along with personalized advisory services, to seniors living in care facilities - many confined to their rooms or without the ability to travel.
September is the launch of the Joy of Lifelong Learning 2013-14 Annual Giving Campaign.
Over the next two years, the Library Foundation will focus gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign in two areas: Early Learning and Senior Outreach.
Thousands of lives are touched every year through library programs. Thousands of minds are learning and growing because you give.
Please make your gift right away. Your gift today helps the library sustain some of our most important and beloved programs.
Watch for a letter from the Pierce County Library Foundation in your mail. Please, write your check and send your gift right away. If you don’t have a stamp, donate online. Or pick up a donation envelope at your nearest Pierce County Library. A library staff person can make sure it gets to the Foundation Office.
Be a part of the Joy of Learning Annual Giving Campaign. Open the letter, pick up an envelope at your library or give online.
Want to know how your gifts support learning for early learners and the elderly? See our current funding priorities
Science to Go!
Pierce County Library will introduce Science To Go in 29 elementary schools thanks to funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The new literacy program will give a library card to every child and will narrow the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) gap while broadening children's reading skills.
The Science to Go Literacy Program will help approximately 10,000 school-age children develop the interest and skills for Science-Technology-Engineering and Math (STEM) related subjects. Starting at age six and working with key individuals in a young student's life, Science to Go resources will broaden children’s reading skills in STEM subjects to match their interests.
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation through the Faye G. Allen Program awarded more than $1 million to support library reading programs that will benefit more than 24,000 school-age children including Pierce County Library System’s Science to Go Project.
“The Foundation is not afraid to fund projects and groups that fall outside a traditional funder’s radar, and absorb some risk in order to jumpstart experimental programs and breakthroughs in the communities we are passionate about,” said Susan M. Coliton, Vice President of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
“We fund with a purpose, and believe each of our grants has the potential to be a tipping point between status quo and real societal change.”
Named in honor of Paul and Jody Allen’s mother, Faye, the goal of the Encouraging Children to Read initiative is “to motivate young children to become lifelong readers and develop their skills in tandem with the discovery of literature.”
According to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation website, “Faye was passionate about reading, and she believed in the power of books. From her childhood job at a small town Oklahoma library to her book-filled home near Seattle, she surrounded herself with literature of every genre. Her love of literature led to a lifetime commitment to public libraries. In her memory, the Foundation named its Library Program after Mrs. Allen, who passed away in 2012.”
The Pierce County Library Foundation and System is grateful to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for recognizing the value of libraries.
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